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Trauma Treatment

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EMDR

Suzie is a EMDR Certified Therapist and specializes in treating trauma using Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. This therapy helps clients to reprocess traumatic experiences, reduce negative emotional responses, and experience an improved quality of life.

While the human brain has an amazing capability to process stressful information, it is sometimes impaired so that the event is stored in such a way that images, feelings, thoughts, and sensory information (sight, smells, sounds, etc.) can be present as if the event just happened, no matter how long ago it was. When memories are stored in this raw, unprocessed form, problems, symptoms, and mental health disorders can result.

The The Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) theory underpinning EMDR asserts that maladaptively stored memories of trauma create obstacles to rational processing of information, which occurs in the prefrontal cortex area of the brain. Bilateral stimulation, through eye movements or other mechanisms, have been shown to remove the obstacles and permit complete processing of the memory, leading to a reduction in trauma symptoms. 

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Before, During, and After

You are SO brave to be beginning this journey. Sometimes EMDR is not the first step and that is okay. You may have a "part" of self that wants to dive in! And another "part" of self wants to run away from even thinking about processing the trauma. That is okay. Suzie is trained to help you get to know and honor ALL parts, so the work can move forward when all parts are ready.  

Suzie will provide you with resources to help you before, during and after EMDR processing. 

Contact her today to find out more!

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Recommended Reading

Getting Past Your Past, by Francine Shapiro

Tapping In, by Laurel Parnell, PhD.

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. (This book has examples that may be triggering.)

What Happened To You? by Bruce D. Perry, M.D., PhD, and Oprah Winfrey

No Bad Parts, by Richard Schwartz Ph.D


The Parts Inside of Me, by Shelly Johnson MA LMHC, Mark Savona, et al.

The iRest Program for Healing PTSD, by Richard C. Miller, PhD. 

Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents: How to Heal from Distant, Rejecting, or Self-Involved Parents, by Lindsay C. Gibson, PsyD

Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal, by Belleruth Naparstek 

Rec Reading Trauma
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